Josh Howard

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Josh Howard
Josh Howard Wizards.jpg
Howard with the Wizards
Free Agent
Small Forward / Shooting Guard
Personal information
Born (1980-04-28) April 28, 1980 (age 34)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Glenn (Kernersville, North Carolina)
Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Virginia)
College Wake Forest (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro playing career 2003–present
Career history
20032010 Dallas Mavericks
20102011 Washington Wizards
2011–2012 Utah Jazz
2012 Minnesota Timberwolves
2013–2014 Austin Toros (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He last played for the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League (D-League). At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st), he plays as a small forward.1

High school

Howard attended Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina, where he was a First-Team All-State selection in his senior year and averaged six blocks per game while shooting 70%. He also averaged a double-double during his junior and senior years, during which time he also received the Frank Spencer Award (for the top player in Northwest North Carolina) twice.2 During his senior year Howard was handcuffed outside of a BP gas station the night before his SAT examination. Howard had been loitering on the premises with some of his friends, and undercover cops, believing the teenagers had been selling drugs, detained them.3

In order to get into Wake Forest University Howard needed an SAT score of at least 950. He did not get a 950, saying his score was "somewhere in the 500s".3 In lieu, he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, where he averaged a double-double, with 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Howard led Hargrave to a 27–3 record, shooting well on the floor with 56%. He also averaged 44% from behind the three-point line and 85% from the free throw line.2 Howard participated in the ACC-SEC game between new signings from the two conferences. Howard scored 14 points in 15 minutes to help lift the ACC team to a 145–115 win over the SEC.

NCAA career

Howard chose to sign with Wake Forest in 1999 over many other colleges due to the proximity of the campus to his family and friends.2 He majored in sociology and minored in international studies.2 During his first year, Howard played in all thirty-six games, starting in all but two. He led the team with 44 steals and ranked fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game. His season high came in a game against Duke during an ACC tournament. Howard scored 19 points, going 7-for-10 from the field and 2-for-2 from behind the three-point line.2

During his sophomore season Howard was selected to second-team All-ACC. He missed a few games because of the flu, playing in 29 games and starting 28. He led the team in scoring that year with 13.6 points per game.2 Howard earned third-team All-ACC and second team NABC All-District while trailing Darius Songaila in team scoring with 13.9 points per game during his junior season.2

Deciding not to forego his senior year at Wake Forest, Howard became the first member of his family to graduate from college.4 He was the unanimous selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player of the year in 2003 (first since David Thompson in 19755) and led Wake Forest to its first outright regular season league championship in 41 years.5 He is the second (after Shane Battier) ACC player to amass 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 steals, 100 blocks, and 100 three-pointers.6 Howard was named the national player of the year by FOX, College Insider and Basketball Digest. He was also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the James Naismith Award in 2003.5 In his senior season, Howard averaged 19.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 1.5 bpg,5 and won multiple awards, including ACC Player of the Year, All ACC First Team, ACC All-Defensive Team, and AP First Team All-America.5 Coming into the league, Howard was projected as a mid to late 1st round pick in the 2003 NBA Draft because of his apparent lack of upside.7

Howard was drafted with the 29th selection in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks. He started his career coming off the bench until he caught a break in 2004. Howard won his spot in the lineup after Marquis Daniels became injured. Consistent performances by Howard have led him to becoming an integral part of the Mavericks, leading them in several games.8 As a result of his defensive prowess, Howard was invited to try out for the United States national basketball team.59 Howard's performances also helped him become an All-Star in 2007.10

NBA career

Dallas Mavericks

2003–04

Howard preparing to shoot a free throw

Mavericks secure their first win in Los Angeles in over 10 years.5 Howard was selected to the 2003 NBA All-Rookie Second team.11 In his rookie season, Howard was injured for 13 games.5

2004–05

In his second season, Howard continued coming off the bench and tasked to do "mop-up minutes"12 until a nagging injury to Marquis Daniels gave Howard a spot at small forward in the starting lineup. Howard averaged 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.53 steals in 32 minutes of play for the season. 5

2005–06

In the 2005–06 season, Howard averaged a career-high in scoring (15.6 points) and three-point field goal percentage (.429), in addition to tallying 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He was limited to 59 games due to injury.5 In the 2006 NBA playoffs, Howard was vital to the Mavs' run to the Finals to the point where the team was 23–0 when Howard scored more than 20 points a game.13 In game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, it was asserted by referees that Howard called for a timeout during Dwyane Wade's free throw attempts, which only allowed Dallas to inbound the ball at full court instead of setting up for a play at half court. Howard asserted that in fact no timeout was called and that even referee Joey Crawford agreed with him.14 After Dwyane Wade hit his second foul shot to put the Miami Heat up by one point, Dallas was unable to advance the ball to halfcourt for an attempt at a game-winning shot.15

2006–07

Early in 2006, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo invited Howard to serve as one of Team USA's possible defensive specialists (the other two being Shane Battier of the Memphis Grizzlies and Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs) in the 2008 Summer Olympics.9 Howard rejected the offer, instead going back to run his annual youth camp in his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.3

During the 2006–07 season, Howard missed 2 games (Seattle at Dallas,16 and Dallas at Memphis17). His 18.9 points per game combined with 6.8 rebounds a game helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to a season-best 67–15 record; however, he was left out of All-Star weekend at first. After injuries to Yao Ming and Carlos Boozer, Howard was offered the extra spot.3 Hall of Famer Magic Johnson commented on Howard's omission at first, saying "I've got a problem with it, I really do". Johnson also went on to say "Josh Howard should be an All-Star. Period."3

2007–08

On December 8, 2007, Howard scored a career high 47 points against the Utah Jazz.

In April 2008, hours before Game 3 of the Mavericks' first-round series with the New Orleans Hornets, Howard told Michael Irvin in an interview on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM that he smoked marijuana in the offseason, and that while he would not smoke during the season even if the NBA did not conduct random testing, he did not "think that's stopping me from doing my job." He called his marijuana use "my personal choice". He had previously discussed his marijuana use and its possible link to him slipping to the 29th pick in 2003 NBA Draft with TrueHoop blogger Henry Abbot.18

Washington Wizards

On February 13, 2010, Howard was traded to the Washington Wizards along with Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson.19

On March 16, 2010, Howard underwent surgery after tearing his ACL against the Chicago Bulls on February 22. Howard was expected to miss 6 to 8 months.20

Utah Jazz

On December 15, 2011, Howard agreed to a one-year contract worth around $3 million with the Utah Jazz.21

Minnesota Timberwolves

On November 15, 2012, Howard signed a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum with the Minnesota Timberwolves.22 He was waived on December 20, 2012, after suffering a torn ACL on December 14, 2012.2324

San Antonio Spurs

On October 25, 2013, Howard signed with the San Antonio Spurs.25 However, he was waived just a day later.26

Austin Toros

On October 31, 2013, Howard was acquired by the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.27 On February 27, 2014, he was waived by the Toros due to a season-ending injury.citation needed

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Dallas 67 29 23.7 .430 .303 .703 5.5 1.4 1.0 .8 8.6
2004–05 Dallas 76 76 32.2 .475 .296 .733 6.4 1.4 1.5 .6 12.6
2005–06 Dallas 59 58 32.5 .471 .429 .734 6.3 1.9 1.2 .4 15.6
2006–07 Dallas 70 69 35.1 .459 .385 .827 6.8 1.8 1.2 .8 18.9
2007–08 Dallas 76 76 36.3 .455 .319 .813 7.0 2.2 .8 .4 19.9
2008–09 Dallas 52 51 32.0 .451 .345 .782 5.1 1.6 1.1 .6 18.0
2009–10 Dallas 31 9 26.7 .401 .267 .790 3.6 1.4 .7 .3 12.5
2009–10 Washington 4 3 22.8 .435 .273 .750 3.3 1.0 .8 .5 14.5
2010–11 Washington 18 10 22.7 .358 .241 .617 4.1 1.3 .7 .3 8.4
2011–12 Utah 43 18 23.0 .399 .243 .773 3.7 1.2 .7 .2 8.7
2012–13 Minnesota 11 4 18.8 .403 .313 .583 3.3 .4 .9 .3 6.7
Career 507 403 30.3 .448 .332 .770 5.7 1.6 1.0 .5 14.3
All-Star 1 0 20.0 .333 .000 .500 4.0 3.0 .0 .0 3.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Dallas 5 0 17.2 .222 .200 .909 6.4 .8 1.2 1.2 5.4
2005 Dallas 13 13 32.9 .503 .250 .745 7.4 1.8 .8 .5 15.5
2006 Dallas 23 23 35.8 .453 .369 .808 7.4 1.4 1.0 .6 16.7
2007 Dallas 6 6 41.3 .515 .389 .704 9.8 2.8 2.2 .8 21.3
2008 Dallas 5 5 34.2 .292 .100 .800 7.0 1.4 .4 .4 12.6
2009 Dallas 10 10 29.5 .438 .250 .776 5.1 1.3 .9 .4 15.8
2012 Utah 4 3 15.8 .294 .500 .800 3.5 1.0 .5 .3 3.8
Career 66 60 32.0 .440 .311 .782 6.9 1.5 1.0 .6 14.8

Awards/achievements

  • ACC Player of the Year: 20035
  • All ACC First Team: 20035
  • ACC All-Defensive Team: 20035
  • AP First Team All-America: 20035
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 200411
  • NBA All-Star: 200710

References

  1. ^ ESPN – Josh Howard Stats, News, Photos – Dallas Mavericks – NBA Basketball
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Josh Howard's profile at Wake Forest basketball". Wake Forest University. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Witt, Richie (2007-02-15). "I Love Josh Howard". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2007-05-08. 
  4. ^ Josh Howard Will be Heard
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "NBA.com: Josh Howard". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Prospect Profile: Josh Howard". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  7. ^ "2003 NBA Prospects". Sports Phenoms. 2003-03-03. Archived from the original on 2007-02-21. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  8. ^ Sefko, Eddie (2007-04-05). "Howard's NBA stature still growing". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  9. ^ a b Sheridan, Chris (2006-03-05). "Bryant, James, Wade among those on U.S. roster". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  10. ^ a b McMahon, Tim (2007-02-09). "Mavs' Howard added to All-Star team". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  11. ^ a b "HoopsHype.com Players: Josh Howard". HoopsHype.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  12. ^ "Retooled roster pushes Howard to Mavs' bench". Wayback Machine. 2004-10-04. Archived from the original on 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2004-10-12. 
  13. ^ Haller, Doug (2006-05-30). "Mavs' magic number: 23-0 if Howard scores 20". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2007-04-06. dead link
  14. ^ "Howard: On the record". Dallas Morning News. 2006-08-20. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  15. ^ Sheridan, Chris (2006-06-18). "Wade's heroics have Heat one victory from NBA title". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  16. ^ AP (2007-01-30). "Mavs get big effort from Croshere to take care of Sonics". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  17. ^ AP (2007-01-31). "Nowitzki uses late run to push Mavericks past Grizzlies". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  18. ^ Stein, Marc (April 27, 2008). "Cuban: Mavs will deal with Howard's admission of drug use internally". ESPN.com. 
  19. ^ "Wizards Acquire Howard, Gooden, Singleton, and Ross From Mavericks". NBA.com. February 13, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Wizards forward Josh Howard has knee ligament surgery". Associated Press. March 16, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  21. ^ "Josh Howard ready for fresh start with Jazz; coach wishes Kirilenko well elsewhere". Associated Press. December 17, 2011. 
  22. ^ Howard, injury-riddled Wolves agree to one-year deal
  23. ^ Timberwolves waive Josh Howard, who has a torn ACL
  24. ^ Howard waived by Wolves after tearing ACL
  25. ^ Spurs Sign Josh Howard
  26. ^ Spurs Waive Josh Howard
  27. ^ Austin Toros Announce Trainig Camp Invitees

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